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June 6, 2014 10:56 AM   Subscribe

50 background paintings from Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? [via]
posted by brundlefly (28 comments total) 28 users marked this as a favorite

 
I may have badly underestimated how watching Scooby-Doo as a kid contributed to my generally morbid outlook on life.
posted by randomkeystrike at 11:01 AM on June 6 [6 favorites]


Are we sure that Scooby-Doo didn't take place after some gigantic apocalypse? Because if not, whoa.
posted by Kitteh at 11:07 AM on June 6 [3 favorites]


The "Malt Shop" backgrounds would also fit in nicely in the animated version of Repo Man.

FOOD

DRINK

MALT
posted by Curious Artificer at 11:12 AM on June 6 [5 favorites]


FUN FUN death
posted by grumpybear69 at 11:19 AM on June 6 [3 favorites]


Honey, where's all of our blue paint?

What do you mean there's none left available at all, anywhere?!

You meddling Scooby-Doo background stylists!!
posted by doctornecessiter at 11:25 AM on June 6


Honestly, I was expecting this to be more like this.
posted by plinth at 11:30 AM on June 6 [1 favorite]


Curious Artificer: "The "Malt Shop" backgrounds would also fit in nicely in the animated version of Repo Man."

Plate of Zoinks
posted by chavenet at 11:31 AM on June 6 [3 favorites]


Bup bup boo, doody doody do do do do
posted by Big_B at 11:52 AM on June 6 [1 favorite]


i had theremin music in my head, the entire time i looked at these.

fun stuff!
posted by bitteroldman at 12:00 PM on June 6


It seems like Hanna-Barbera gets a lot of shit for the shortcuts they take during animation, but looking at these background paintings really drives the point home that what they lacked in dynamic movement, they made up for with style. These Scooby Doo stills show the effort that went in to giving each episode that faux-gothic aura, encouraging the feeling of mystery and fright in the viewer subconsciously, because we all knew that the monsters were going to turn out to be frauds.

See also the whiz-bang futurism (and, at a certain point, retro-futurism) of the Jetsons backdrops.
posted by Think_Long at 12:02 PM on June 6 [17 favorites]


That's a nice bit of consistency they're showing with their color palette. I got a little chill looking at those backgrounds now, more so than when I watched the show as a kid.
posted by GrapeApiary at 12:14 PM on June 6


I appreciate the commitment to creepy haunted locations beyond the stock abandoned amusement parks and ramshackle mansions. I really want to see the episode set in a haunted airport now, not to mention the haunted Sea World and haunted cliff dwelling.
posted by Copronymus at 12:22 PM on June 6


Think_Long: "It seems like Hanna-Barbera gets a lot of shit for the shortcuts they take during animation, but looking at these background paintings really drives the point home that what they lacked in dynamic movement, they made up for with style."

Yeah, I was going to make a joke about how 50 was about 25 more than I would have expected, but then when I clicked through, the fact is that I would hang any of the 50 in my home (the Jetsons even more so); great stuff.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 12:26 PM on June 6 [1 favorite]


Check it out, it's the home of Courage the Cowardly Dog!
posted by JHarris at 12:51 PM on June 6 [1 favorite]


I would love to be able to buy prints of these and replace all my current wall art with spooky scooby doo scenes come October.
posted by boubelium at 12:55 PM on June 6 [3 favorites]


Screw that, I want to do whole walls.
posted by Big_B at 1:03 PM on June 6 [1 favorite]


Aw. I came in looking for a collection of paintings with moving eyes

(. ) (. ) -----> ( .) ( .)
posted by stinkfoot at 1:18 PM on June 6 [4 favorites]


These are completely gorgeous. Wowsers.
posted by mintcake! at 1:41 PM on June 6


Looking at these earwormed me for the incidental music from the cartoon.
posted by immlass at 1:44 PM on June 6 [2 favorites]


I never noticed the Mystery Machine sometimes carried surfboards up top.
posted by Spatch at 1:50 PM on June 6


Now we just need a CD of songs from the first couple of seasons. Jinkies!
posted by DrAstroZoom at 2:41 PM on June 6


I never noticed the Mystery Machine sometimes carried surfboards up top.

Never know, might find a haunted beach.
posted by Chrysostom at 3:04 PM on June 6


I think they do surf in The Witch Doctor and Mano Tiki Tia.

I'll watch it when I get home. For science.
posted by Big_B at 4:31 PM on June 6 [3 favorites]


When I was about 5 or 6 my mom and I were sitting down to a meal at a Red Robin in Burbank, CA when I noticed a pair of kind looking older men giving me rather silly grins from a booth across the way. We spent a good portion of the time we waited for our food just making silly faces at one another, stopping only when our burgers and fries reached each of our tables.

After our checks arrived, the two men got up to leave and made a point of stopping by our table. One of them handed me a Hanna-Barbera embossed napkin onto which he had drawn a perfect likeness of both Fred Flintstone and, you guessed it, either Scooby or Scrappy Doo. The men thanked my mother for raising such an expressive daughter and went on their way, and as they left the restaurant my mom said with a great deal of delight, "They were ANIMATORS!" like she had met the Pope or the President and not two random guys off the street.

I am sorry to say that I do not have the napkin anymore, but I spent the rest of my childhood watching all HB cartoons with such gratitude because I had met some of the people making them happen. I now count the experience as one of the formative influences that pushed me into animation and digital arts in general, and my love for Scooby Doo cartoons has never, ever waned because of it.
posted by Hermione Granger at 5:37 PM on June 6 [11 favorites]


Jinkies indeed.
posted by theredpen at 6:42 PM on June 6


Now we just need a CD of songs from the first couple of seasons. Jinkies!

Oh, you must want to order this then!

Here's most of it already on YouTube. (Each track has 10 seconds of silence at the beginning because reasons, I'm sure.)
posted by hippybear at 7:18 PM on June 6 [1 favorite]


A very early exposure to a particular mood and tone, and one of the genesis's of my life long love of horror films.
The atmosphere in these is amazing, and they are completely referencing the wonderful old Universal Studios horror films. Haunted houses, rolling fog, expressionistic angles; it's all there.

And, for me, these are the key to the wonderfully evocative mood of the original Scooby Doo cartoons.
posted by Phlegmco(tm) at 7:40 PM on June 6


These are great! Thanks for the post.

I'm thinking my next vacation will be at the Gold City Guest Ranch, that place looks fantastic.
posted by medusa at 7:59 PM on June 6


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